die on (someone or something)

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die on (someone or something)

1. To die while in someone's care or while in someone's presence, as of a person or other living thing. Get the defibrillator—I refuse to let this guy die on me!
2. To permanently stop working, as of a machine. I have to go buy a new blender because mine died on me today.
3. To die while physically positioned on something. This patient died on the table during a routine surgery because he had an undetected heart condition.
See also: die, on

die on someone

 
1. Lit. [for a patient] to die under the care of someone. Get that medicine over here fast, or this guy's gonna die on me. Come on, mister, don't die on me!
2. Fig. [for something] to quit running for someone. My car died on me, and I couldn't get it started. My CD player died on me, and I had to listen to the radio.
See also: die, on
References in classic literature ?
Everywhere I saw men doing, drunk, what they would never dream of doing sober.
Sometimes a man, especially an Oriental, who does not understand the significance of your sex in these matters, can be drawn on to speak more freely to a woman than he would ever dream of doing to his best friend.
No self-respecting girl could dream of doing such a thing.
He assured me again and again that it was the last thing in the world he would dream of doing in a sober moment.
I should not dream of doing so were it not absolutely certain that I should be able in four days to reclaim it.
Of course I should not dream of doing so if I were not your friend.
If poor Athanase had been living, she meant to do as many noble souls, who are moneyless, dream of doing, and as the rich never think of doing,--she meant to have sent him several thousand francs, writing up the envelope the words: "Money due to your father from a comrade who makes restitution to you.